ggpk Tile Floors July 16th, 2018 - 10:35:17
For tile to be successful. it needs rigid support. with very little tolerance for movement. The more rigid the substrate. the better chance the tile has of remaining crack free throughout its life. Most problems with tile floors over wood come from excessive `bounciness` of the substrate. Carpet can handle some bending. vinyl tile can flex and bend a bit. hardwood floors can bend a little too. but if tile or stone is subjected to forces that push in 2 different directions at once. it doesn`t know how to bend. Instead. it cracks. first in the grout and then in the body of the tile. Consumers who have just paid thousands of dollars for a tile floor do not find these cracks appealing. to say the least.
Fine. but how do you know if your floor meets the L/360 standard? We face this in the field all the time. but in remodeling. there`s not always a clear answer. There are published tables for calculating deflection. (including a really cool online calculator at http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/deflecto.pl ) but they assume you have full knowledge of how the floor was built. To be able to use the engineering tables. you`d need to know how far apart the joists are. the length of the unsupported span. how thick the joists are. what type of wood and in what condition the wood is in. as well as how thick the plywood is. if any. Realistically. if all of this flooring is hidden by finished ceilings below and covered over by old flooring layers above. educated guessing takes center stage. The following questions help to determine floor stiffness using common sense guidelines
The first thing to do is to make sure that the tools you will use are ready at hand. These tools should include basic carpentry tools like an accurate measuring tape. a carpenter`s square and a bubble level. You should also be prepared with the tiles and all you need to space them and put them together: tile spaces. a tile cutter. a trowel. and a putty knife. Then you must get your adhesives ready: tile bonding material. thin set mortar or tile adhesive. the sealant. the grout and a rubber grout float. Also you must make sure that you are wearing work clothes or overalls. glasses and heavy-duty gloves for safety.
Different Kinds of Tiling Material. Natural materials for kitchen tile flooring include porcelain. quarry. pebble and stone. These ties are textures. rough and durable - and also. relatively more expensive. They offer a great authentic look to your kitchen and give it that extra classiness that you might be looking for. Porcelain and ceramic is easily chipped and damaged - and one needs to replace the tiles often. A good idea would be to use glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles for your kitchen tile flooring - although you would have to be careful on the smooth surface.